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Air France pilots threaten a long strike

The pilots of Air France spoke today in a majority in favor of using a long strike that could materialize before the end of June to press on the direction, which claim to rectify its policy of cuts and mechanisms of company low cost.

The National Union of Air Line Pilots (SNPL), the main Air France said in a statement that 68% of those who cast their vote (turnout was 78%) were in favor of "a movement (protest ) That lasts".

Although no precise dates have been set, which are not determined, the president of SNPL in Air France, Philippe Evain, Efe said that "probably not (wait) in late June" to turn the protest.

Evain also noted that at this time "no discussions" with management, and that the future new Executive Officer of Air France, Jean-Marc Janaillac, has called them to negotiate once he takes the reins in July, replacing the current chief executive Alexandre de Juniac.

The prospect of a strike at Air France in a few weeks comes at a time when France is experiencing a wave of strikes in transport, many of them in protest against the labor reform of the Government.

This week there is a strike called by all the unions in the French air traffic controllers -to put pressure on the negotiation of their collective-agreement on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, if confirmed, will lead to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

The SNPL considered that the decision today of the pilots is a sign that "no longer accept that your company is paralyzed and endangered by an address which has long been lacking both strategy and ambition".

He insisted that will be coordinated with other central staff of the airline to "end this policy of relocation, obsessive decommissioning and reducing costs."

One of the main complaints is the growing importance that the company is giving the low cost subsidiary Transavia.

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